You've probably heard of Ali Express, but what about Worldwide Brands and Salehoo? Both these are long established and popular sources of wholesalers like DHGate and Ali Express but with two key differences.
Both Worldwide Brands and Salehoo certify and guarantee all of the wholesalers, drop shippers and manufacturers that they list in their directories – and nearly all are based in the United States.
DHGate and Ali Express offer user reviews for each supplier, but they do not research and certify them like Worldwide Brands and Salehoo do – they do not guarantee the quality of the goods or reliability of their suppliers.
Moreover, DHGate and Ali Express mostly work with suppliers that are based in China. This means the products they sell are often very cheap, but shipping can be a big problem as it's so slow.
Although membership to Worldwide Brands and Salehoo is expensive, costing as much as $299, many of their members clearly belive this is good vale for money – as it saves time and effort testing out the quality and reliability of suppliers, and means that the goods they buy will be delivered to their customers much faster than if it was shipped from China.
DHGate and Ali Express are both great tools, but there's still a place for directories like Worldwide Brands and Salehoo in 2018.